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Old 21 Jul 2012
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Hi Lynch, please keep all informed as I will be there in the new year and need to figure away across as well.
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Hey any news on the delux all inclusive ferry service yet, thx.
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Old 27 Sep 2012
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no ferry

there will be NO ferry! not now not in a few weeks or months.
Ask the captain of the Stahlratte for more info
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Old 27 Sep 2012
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Cool The Gap for me too

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Hi Lynch, please keep all informed as I will be there in the new year and need to figure away across as well.
I am leaving Tucson om the 15th of December and hope to make the Gap around the first of the year. Maybe we can cross. Tom Udulutch
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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email: "HEY DON! I enjoy your guide immensely. Thanks for all the news!! Do you have any current info please on the proposed ferry service to Cartagena? Yesterday, I went to the Port Authority in Colon, and was told that it's not happening. We also stopped into "Shelter Bay Hotel & Marina". Had a grand lunch there. Highly recommended! Best Wishes, Ted." Editor's Comment: It's being held up by the Customs Authority. This week the Director of Customs was on a television interview and someone asked her about the status of the new ferry service. She said they are in the process of training up their staff, hiring new people, and installing some additional equipment. This new ferry will be bringing in thousands of people and potentially hundreds of vehicles every week from Colombia. The short answer is - the government of Panama currently does not have the required infrastructure in place to be able to handle that level of new flow through that port facility, as the result of the initiation of the ferry service. I understand the actual ferry itself - the boat - is still in the Mediterranean providing service there, today. So, despite the press releases, public announcements, and plans to have started the service a couple of months ago, right now the government is forcing implementation to be slow-rolled, until they are up to speed with new people, training, equipment, facilities. I suspect it's going to happen, and I think the company behind this effort was moving faster than the government of Panama, so they put on the brakes. But with all of that having been said, I also have not heard anything indicating the ferry won't happen. Or, (without the double negative this time) I think the ferry service eventually will begin, some time in the relatively near future. Hope this helps. Oh yeah, the burgers at Shelter Bay are the best in Panama.
Thanks very imformative' I expect to do the Gap sometime in early january. Do you have any idea if you ride with the boat or fly? If so what kind of time are we looking at?

Tom Udulutch tom@markentpersonnel.com

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Originally Posted by Tom Udulutch View Post
....sometime in early january.....ride with the boat or fly....what kind of time are we looking at?
What an amazing phenomenon this non-existent ferry has become! People quoting uncritically a totally erroneous puff piece by someone who obviously had no better information than any of us....and has already been proven completely wrong.

Maybe the ferry will start operations: next month, next year, next decade. Maybe it will be the Greek boat advertised....but then again, maybe not. All we've seen so far is a couple of ridiculously improbably press releases, plus an indication the boat in question is no longer parked in Greece: pretty slim, I'd say. Hardly worth getting all frenzied about it.

On the other hand, if you really want to know what the press releases said back in May or so--rates, schedules, seats and cabins, etc. etc. etc.--you might do a search on this site or ADVrider. It's all there.

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